The university requires that all students admitted as first-year freshmen (regardless of transfer credit standing) live in a university residence hall and carry a traditional meal plan for two academic-year semesters*, subject to the availability of space. Summer term(s) are not applicable toward this requirement.
- Students that are younger than 16 years of age or older than 24 years of age should contact Student Housing prior to submitting a housing application
- *Incoming spring transfer students who are still in their first matriculated year are required to live in a university residence hall and carry a traditional meal plan for the spring semester.
First-year live-on requirement exemption
- First-year students who wish to seek off-campus housing arrangements may petition for an exemption to the live-on requirement by contacting Occupancy Management (student housing).
- Students must meet one of the following criteria and provide documentation to be considered for release from the first-year live-on requirement:
- 21 years of age or older
- Graduated from high school more than one year ago
- Living with parent(s), guardian(s), or other family member within a commutable distance of 30 miles
- Demonstrated financial hardship that occurred after signing the housing contract
- Severe personal or family circumstances that occurred after signing the housing contract
- Please be aware that submitting a First-Year Release Petition does not automatically approve you to live off-campus; you must receive approval from the committee. Students approved to be released from the first-year live-on requirement are also subject to charges and penalties based on their move out date and the housing contract.
- Students who are under 18 years of age at the time of contract submission must complete the Guardian Consent Form to apply for housing. There are two different versions of this form - one for the academic year and one for the summer
- The Guardian Consent Form is available in the housing application. The Guardian Consent Form must be submitted within 3 days of completing the housing application. Your application is considered incomplete until this form has been received and accepted
- Fill out the form in the housing application; electronically fill out each field, sign, save and upload the form into the housing application when prompted
- Only hand-signed (not typed) or electronic signatures with a date/time stamp will be accepted
- It is important to understand that the residence hall environment expects an adult level of responsibility. Students are expected to be able to study and live independently and get along with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. Regardless of age, the residence halls provide limited supervision. Students are allowed to come and go from their halls as they please, visit other students around campus and people living off campus. Students are also responsible for making their own decisions regarding their own and their roommate(s)’ guests in their room. The rules and regulations of living in the residence halls can be found in the Residence Hall Handbook and the 2020-2021 Housing Contract
CU Boulder Housing & Dining provides reasonable housing and dining accommodations to residents with disability- or religious-related needs. Please go to your MyCULiving portal to learn more about accommodations and start your request.
We recommend you apply early in the housing application process BEFORE you arrive to campus so we can best meet your needs.
Given that CU Boulder has a freshman live-on requirement, Student Housing will try to find accommodations within our 24 residence halls to meet your disability- or religious-related needs prior to approving an exemption from the live-on requirement. Residence halls can accommodate various disability- or religious-related needs through the options below:
Room/Apartment Access and Modifications
For questions about religious accommodations, please visit the Accommodations Application or contact 303-492-6673 or StudentHousing@colorado.edu.
For questions about disability accommodations, please Accommodations Application or contact 303-492-6673 or HousingAccommodations@colorado.edu.
The University of Colorado Boulder is a completely smoke-free campus, meaning that smoking is prohibited indoors and outdoors anywhere on university property. This includes the buildings and grounds of Graduate & Family Housing. For additional information please visit the university policy webpage.
Students who live in the residence halls have an opportunity to interact and build relationships that will foster learning when they engage in dialogue and reflect on their experiences with others.